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In rebuke to USCCB leaders, DC’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory says he favors “common ground” approach and Holy Communion for Biden …

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Washington’s new cardinal and with a Catholic soon to be living in the White House, Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory said he hopes to collaborate where possible while respectfully pointing out where President-elect Joe Biden’s policies diverge from Catholic teaching. In a Zoom interview Nov. 24 from the Vatican’s Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he is in quarantine for 10 days as a COVID-19 precaution, the cardinal-designate said he would not prevent the new president, who goes to Mass every Sunday, from receiving Communion in the archdiocese. “The kind of relationship that I hope we will have is a conversational relationship where we can discover areas where we can cooperate that reflect the social teachings of the church, knowing full well that there are some area...

New York Attorney General sues Bishops Malone, Grosz, and Diocese of Buffalo for failing to protect children…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and former bishops Richard J. Malone and Edward M. Grosz for failing to protect children and for engaging in a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by diocesan priests. New York’s top prosecutor also filed a motion that seeks to force a full public disclosure of predatory priests and their actions against those whom they were entrusted with spiritual care, and is seeking a court-appointed monitor that would ensure that interim Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger complies with sexual abuse policies and procedures. The state is also seeking to bar both Malone and Grosz — who resigned their positions last year after a Vatican investigation — from serving in secular fidu...

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: “The Lord of life tells us the secret of life…”…

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2020 / 06:37 am MT (CNA).- On Christ the King Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to make choices with eternity in mind, by thinking not about what they want to do, but what is best to do. “That is the choice we have to make daily: what do I feel like doing or what is best for me?” the pope said Nov. 22. “This interior discernment can result either in frivolous choices or in decisions that shape our lives. It depends on us,” he said in his homily. “Let us look to Jesus and ask him for the courage to choose what is best for us, to enable us to follow him in the way of love. And in this way to discover joy.” Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. At the end of Mass, young people from P...

Cardinal Marx dissolves embattled Catholic group in Archdiocese of Munich…

Cardinal Marx expressed sympathy for former members of the community, which was founded in 1948 with the intention of being, in its own words, “a place for an enlightened and unabridged Christianity.” MUNICH, Germany — Cardinal Reinhard Marx has dissolved an embattled Catholic community in his archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The archdiocese announced the cardinal’s decision to disband the Catholic Integrated Community Nov. 20. The southern German archdiocese said that, according to its records, the association had neither a management body nor members. The cardinal commissioned a visitation of the group in February 2019. The final report, published in June this year, was highly critical of the association, which was established in 1986 as a public association according to canon law. CN...

Cardinal Becciu sues news magazine for $12 million, says exposé ruined his chances of becoming pope…

ROME — The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election. Cardinal Angelo Becciu is seeking 10 million euros ($11.9 million) in damages, to be given to charity, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Sassari, Sardinia tribunal against L’Espresso magazine, the weekly affiliated with Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The 74-page complaint raises questions about the conduct of Vatican criminal prosecutors, suggesting they leaked information to L’Espresso as they sought to build a corruption case around the Holy See’s 350 million-euro ($416 million) investment in a London real estate venture...

Vatican-sponsored ‘Economy of Francesco’ summit kicks off with Jeffrey Sachs, advocate for contraception and ‘reproductive justice’…

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2020 / 01:50 pm MT (CNA).- The Economy of Francesco summit kicked off Thursday with economist Jeffrey Sachs serving as a mentor for young “changemakers” to create a new world economy. Sachs, who has participated in numerous Vatican events in recent years, is an advocate for population control initiatives calling for the provision of contraception in the developing world, and a supporter of U.N. initiatives that call for universal access to abortion. “Let me say that I would be delighted to work together with you,” Sachs told the young people participating in his virtual panel as they discussed how to promote child well-being Nov. 19. “The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which I direct … prepares a number of indexes each year for the sustainable dev...

In surprise statement, U.S. bishops warn of “grave and imminent harm“ from Biden on “Hyde amendment, Roe v. Wade, HHS mandate, Equality Act, Catholic schools”…

As the US bishops face a moment unseen in most of their lifetimes – the nation’s election of a Catholic to the Presidency – the issue of Joe Biden’s faith emerged by surprise at today’s public close of the USCCB plenary, as the bench’s leadership suddenly moved to draw a line in the sand with the incoming Democratic administration over its support of legal abortion. Five days since the President-elect received a congratulatory phone call from the Pope – during which the two discussed the common causes of “caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees” – while Archbishop José Gomez made a passing nod of hope that Biden’s “faith commitments will move...

Report: Search finds $700,000 in cash at suspended Vatican official’s home…

CNA Staff, Nov 17, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- Police have found hundreds of thousands of euros in cash hidden in two homes of a suspended Vatican official under investigation for corruption, according to Italian media reports. Fabrizio Tirabassi was a lay official at the Secretariat of State until his suspension, together with four other employees, last year. According to sources close to the Secretariat for the Economy, Tirabassi oversaw several financial transactions at the secretariat which are now under investigation. The Italian daily Domani reported that, on the order of Vatican prosecutors, Vatican gendarmes and Italian financial police searched two of Tirabassi’s properties, in Rome and in Celano, a town in central Italy where Tirabassi was born. The search, which was focused ...

Vatican launches ‘Vos Estis’ investigation of San Jose’s Bishop Oscar Cantú…

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 17, 2020 / 07:52 am MT (CNA).- The Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops has ordered an investigation into Bishop Oscar Cantu’s handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and misconduct. The investigation is being carried out under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis’ 2019 law for holding bishops accountable in the handling of sexual abuse cases. Senior sources in the Vatican told CNA that the investigation was ordered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, in October and that the allegations concern Cantu’s handling of abuse and misconduct cases in his former diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Cantu is now Bishop of San Jose, California. One senior official in the Vatican congregation, who spoke to CNA on condit...

Cardinal Gulbinowicz dies 10 days after having Vatican sanctions imposed…

Rome Newsroom, Nov 16, 2020 / 06:45 am MT (CNA).- A Polish cardinal recently sanctioned by the Vatican for sexual abuse has died at the age of 97. Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz died Monday morning, the Polish bishops’ conference announced Nov. 16. Earlier this month, the apostolic nunciature in Poland announced disciplinary measures against the cardinal on Nov. 6 as the result of an investigation into  “the accusations against Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz and … other accusations concerning the past of the cardinal.” The cardinal had been accused of sexually abusing a seminarian in the 1980s and of covering up abuse in another case. Gulbinowicz served as archbishop of Wrocław, in southwest Poland, from 1976 to 2004. Among the disciplinary measures, Gulbinowicz was forbidden to have his fu...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Reach out your hand to the poor person: it is Christ’…

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2020 / 06:20 am MT (CNA).- Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hand to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, the fourth World Day of the Poor, the pope urged Christians to discover Jesus in the needy.  He said: “At times, we think that to be Christian means not to do harm. And not doing harm is good. But not doing good is not good. We must do good, to come out of ourselves and look, look at those who have more need.”  “There is so much hunger, even in the heart of our cities; and many times we enter into that logic of indifference: the poor person is there, and we look the other way. Reach out your hand to the poor person: it is Christ.”  The pope noted tha...

Gualtiero Cardinal Bassetti moved out of ICU, remains in critical condition with COVID-19…

CNA Staff, Nov 13, 2020 / 03:23 pm MT (CNA).- Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian Bishops Conference, has slightly improved and was moved out of the ICU, but remains in critical condition since contracting COVID-19, his auxiliary bishop said on Friday afternoon. “We welcome the news that our Cardinal Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti has left the intensive care unit” at the hospital of Santa Maria della Misericordia, said Auxiliary Bishop Marco Salvi of Perugia, in northern Italy. However, he warned that the cardinal’s condition “is still serious and requires a chorus of prayers.” Earlier on Friday, the hospital’s daily bulletin reported a “slight improvement” on Bassetti’s condition, but warned that the “clinical picture remains serious and the cardinal needs con...